Thank you to Disney and Pixar for hosting me during the Cars 3 Event.
I’ve had mixed feelings about Mission: BREAKOUT from the day it was announced. I’ve got a ridiculous amount of love for The Twilight Zone, and Tower of Terror has always been one of my favorite rides. (Confession: I’ve only ridden the version at Hollywood Studios, so I can’t compare the Florida and California versions.) Of course, I also have a ridiculous amount of love for the Guardians of the Galaxy. The more news that was leaked about Mission: BREAKOUT, the more excited I got. Plus, the ride is part of a full Summer of Heroes adventure. I can always head to Florida if I need a Tower of Terror fix…
The concept behind Mission: BREAKOUT is that Taneleer Tivan, The Collector, has brought a fortress filled with priceless artifacts to Disney California Adventure Park. When you walk through the ride’s queue, you’ll see lots of items familiar to Guardians fans. Cosmo is my favorite!
The Tivan Collection is full of Marvel surprises, like Asgardian armor.
Ultron even makes an appearance. Shoutout to my first ever Disney press trip!
There are Disney Parks Easter Eggs everywhere, like a Figment from Epcot’s Journey Into The Imagination, an abominable snowman from the Matterhorn Bobsleds and several shoutouts to the Hollywood Tower Hotel.
During the ride you’re helping Rocket, your favorite trash panda, break the Guardians out of the collection.
You’ll randomly get one of six songs during your ride, and each song has a different ride pattern and storyline.
On the first ride, we got Give Up The Funk by Parliment. The ride was intense, but I loved it. I didn’t hear a lot of the story because everyone was screaming. Maybe that was me screaming.
We rode a second time and we got…Give Up The Funk by Parliment. Six songs, totally random and I got the same song both times. We asked a lot of different cast members about their favorite song on the ride and got different answers from each of them. I just need to ride a few dozen more times to give you my official favorite version. Stay tuned…
There’s more to the Summer of Heroes than Mission: BREAKOUT. There’s also Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Dance Off! Dance along with Star-Lord and Gamora right outside The Tivan Collection. Guess that means they were able to break out?
Stick around until the end-that’s when Groot joins the fun!
The Guardians aren’t the only heroes around. Young recruits can join the Avengers Training Initiative featuring Black Widow and Hawkeye.
You can also enjoy encounters-and pictures-with Black Widow, Captain America, and Spider-Man.
There’s also food. So much food. Glorious Marvel-themed food. I picked up The Milano, a drink named after Peter Quill’s ship. It’s frozen Orange Fanta with blue cream, topped with whip. It tastes like creamsicles and happiness.
Check out my friend Sarah’s video for a closer look at the food. As a bonus, you can see what I look like when I’ve been caught in a rain storm earlier in the day. It’s a treat!
In addition to my Milano, I had a smidgen of Groot Bread and a pinch or two of a Spider Bite. Both were delicious and I’d kind of kill for a Spider Bite right now. To be clear, the doughnut. Not a real one. Because spiders are gross if they’re not Spider-Man.
Make sure you download the Disneyland app before your visit. It’s got a helpful park map that includes wait times, character locations and fast pass information. You’re definitely going to want a fast pass for Mission: BREAKOUT! The lines? They’re not short. I haven’t even touched on all of the fun merchandise that’s available, especially in the Mission: BREAKOUT gift shop. They have a plush Cosmo. Can you stand it?
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